Broncos Beaten by Tough New Mexico State Team, 3-1

LAS CRUCES, N.M. The Boise State volleyball team had a tough task ahead of them Saturday afternoon, facing New Mexico State University a team who swept top-10 ranked Hawai’i last weekend in Honolulu. The Broncos weren’t able to pick up the win, but rose to the challenge of a tough team picking up a first set win in their 3-1 loss to the Aggies. Boise State fell to 6-13 (3-6 WAC) while NMSU improved to 13-7 (8-1 WAC) in the 25-13, 16-25, 14-25, 17-25 match at the Pan American Center.


Boise State was able to shock the Aggies in set one, flying past the host team for a 25-13 victory. Thanks to a .350 hitting percentage in the first set for the Broncos and a -.200 percentage by the Aggies, Boise State was able to take advantage of NMSU’s errors and earn a 1-0 lead in the match.


In the remaining three sets, the tables turned with the Broncos hitting .026, .028 and .086 in sets two through four, respectively, while NMSU was able to register a .289, .414 and .275 effort.


Sophomore Sadie Maughan led the offensive efforts for the Broncos notching a team high of nine kills for a .353 percentage. Maughan also led the team’s net defense with four blocks (two solo). Senior Mandy Klein added a .429 hitting percentage with three kills on seven attempts while also producing 19 set assists and three blocks (one solo). Sophomore Lauren Hamm led the backcourt efforts with 11 digs while senior Jeanette Jenkins served tough in the match, recording two aces.


As a team, the Broncos recorded 31 kills for a .092 percentage, tallied 49 digs, four aces and 10 team blocks.


New Mexico State was led by Lindsey Yon who recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs in the match. Yon also produced two of the Aggies’ four total aces on the day. Krista Altermatt recorded the team’s remaining two ace serves and added 13 kills while setters Alyssa Gintant and Jennah Devries shared duties, registering 23 and 19 set assists, respectively. Krystal Torres led the team’s defense with 22 digs while Erin Birmingham and Kelli Goodan each added six blocks on the day.


The Aggies tallied 61 kills and a .226 percentage with 69 digs and 11 team blocks in the match.


Boise State will hit the road next week in their final road games of the regular season. They will first head to Logan, Utah to face the Utah State Aggies at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 23 and will follow by heading to Moscow, Idaho to take on the Idaho Vandals at 8 p.m. (MT) on Sat., Oct. 25.

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